The capture of Seaboard 253 by Soviet MiGs on July 1, 1968 caused an international incident. It elicited the involvement of officials at the highest levels of the U.S. and Soviet governments, including U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin. It was the lead story in many newspapers around the world. Within a couple of days, an agreement for the release of the aircraft, crew, and passengers was reached and hand-written documents were prepared for signature by Soviet officials on Iturup Island, and by Capt. Joseph Tosolini and Navigator Larry Guernon.